This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.

DID YOU READ

Britain removes ban on “Human Centipede II” following cuts

Britain removes ban on “Human Centipede II” following cuts (photo)

Posted by on

Just hours before the film is scheduled to open in the United States, the British Board of Film Classification has overturned their ban on “The Human Centipede II,” awarding it an 18 rating (basically an NC-17, without the porno stigma) after the producers agreed to a whopping 2 minutes and 37 seconds worth of cuts. According to the BBFC’s ruling, the filmmakers made “32 individual cuts to scenes of sexual and sexualized violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context.” Why is it always about cutting stuff with “The Human Centipede?”

When I interviewed “Centipede” director Tom Six at Fantastic Fest last month, I asked about the banning, and whether he would ultimately be willing to cut the film to get it shown in England. Here’s what he had to say:

Is “Part II” still banned in the UK?

The distributor is still fighting the banning, trying to find a way to overturn it. On the one hand, I’m really irritated that they banned it. On the other hand, I’m very happy to be part of a list of eleven films like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” that were banned in the UK. We’re proud to be amongst those ranks.

Would you be willing to cut parts of the film in order to get it released in England?

Sure. I’d hate to cut it though. It’s my film and I want to present it in the way I made it. But if it’s necessary, yeah. I want to show it to people.

So it was a necessary evil, I guess. Or a necessary good? The moral universe of “The Human Centipede” is so confusing sometimes. At least with these cuts, Six is bringing people together — wait, wait! Sorry, poor choice of words.

A description of the specific cuts is available for your perusal on the BBFC website, but since it’s basically a detailed list of all the horrible things you’ll see in the movie (or won’t see in the movie, sorry chaps), you should look at it at your own peril. I’m having a hard time contextualizing how much 2 minutes and 37 seconds worth of cuts really is. It sounds like a lot, and it is more than 1% of the entire film gone completely. Then again, the last act of the film is basically wall-to-wall torture. Assuming the filmmakers made their cuts with more precision than Martin, the mentally unwell “hero” and untrained surgeon of “HC2,” it shouldn’t make that big of a difference.

Would you rather see “The Human Centipede II” cut or uncut? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

IFC_Portlandia-S8_best-of-skits_subaru-blog

Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

Posted by on

The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

IFC_Portlandia-S8_pick-a-lane_subaru-blog

Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

Posted by on

Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

Uncle-Buck

Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…